Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Our 'not very busy' summer

I asked Brooke today if she has had a fun summer. Her response?

"Yeah, it's been fun. But it hasn't been really very busy...."

I told her summer was supposed to be lazy and she disagreed. And then tonight I went thru my pics on my iphone and I have proof that our summer has been busy for sure!

The proof:

Bike riding (and finally ditching the training wheels for Brooke).


Going to the park on several occasions.....

Lots and lots and lots of swimming.....

A trip to Kansas City.....

Sleepovers with friends and lemonade stands....

Several bowling outings with friends and a week of VBS....

A weekend visit from Papa Terry and Grandma Diane....

Let's not forget kicking the summer off with a great four days at church camp...!

I don't know what she's looking for in summer entertainment, but I think ours has been pretty full! She doesn't think we've done much around the 'project' stuff...well...we've been busy doing all this other stuff. Plus it has been a gazillion degrees so we haven't gotten to do a lot of things outside. One more reason to look forward to fall! I think she forgets that there are things that have to get DONE at home laundry, cakes, cleaning.

So. Don't listen to Brooke. We've had a great summer! Gonna squeeze as much goodness out of the next two weeks as we can too!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Things I said this week

I have had a lot of moments this week where I stopped and thought, "I'm getting old" or "I'm channeling my {mother} {grandmother} {grandpa}"  or "I've lost my mind"

Here is a peek at some of these moments and the words that prompted them.

"Seriously? I can't even go poop without you asking me for something? Do you really think I'm going to get your goldfish RIGHT THIS MINUTE?"

"I'm sorry Max, did the clippers buzz your nuts?"

"You know how hot it is outside? Do you know that we pay a lot of money to keep our house cool? And everytime you open the door, you are letting our cold air out? Can you just possibly wait 95 seconds for me to come inside to ask me that question instead of opening the door 5 times??"

"I've just got to sit here and cool off for a few minutes."

"You don't want to eat breakfast this morning? Okay, whatever"

My personal favorite

"My phone seems to be stuck on the forecast for HELL"

"Is it fall yet?"

Friday, July 13, 2012


I feel like I have been living a life of extremes...

Extreme ends of the emotion spectrum....

We have so much extreme change coming up in our house in a month or so,
yet at this moment I sit in the land of extremely normal summer fun....

Moments of extreme optimism, and moments of extreme apprehension....

Moments with nothing going on, and moments where I meet my booty coming and going out the door..... which if you know me, you know that's how I roll.

I can tell you, I'm going to have a lot of moments coming up where I'm going to need my friends and family in an extremely present way.... it goes back to that 'lots of change coming up' thing....

I'm excited for our new school, and worried about getting Brooke transitioned to it (since she is not happy about going there).

I'm optimistic about a couple of job opportunities I'm looking at, but worried about how to make it all work. There are days where I'm stretched thin enough with being a travel agent, doing cakes, being a mom, being involved at the school, and being a wife. Really, do I have another chunk to cut out of me? I've always gotten things done....but will I have time for myself anywhere in that?

I'm glad the hubs still has a job, but seriously dreading him working 2nd shift.

It's hard to be facing all these extremes. The only way I'm getting through it now is knowing that God will take care of it all. I don't have to worry about tomorrow, because He is already there, preparing my way. Worrying isn't going to make anything happen any better, quicker, etc. Trusting God is going to make whatever comes our way easier to work with. I can say though, I'm not going to pray for patience. As they say in the movie "Evan Almighty" 'when you pray for patience, doesn't God give you opportunities to be patient?".... Um yeah, I do not need any extra 'opportunities' in that realm, I've got more than enough of them already.

So that's where I'm at today. Great post after 2 weeks of absence, right? Sorry. It's just what's on my mind. I've got a lot of mental/emotional balls in the air right now!

I will leave you with some fun pics though. The first ones are of our time in KC with my brother and his family. It came at the perfect time because I was really getting homesick for them. We had a great time at Crown Center, Science City, and hanging at the hotel.

Some baking I've done lately....Angry Birds cake, Monster Jams, and some dinosaur cookies.

One of the funnest moments in this house for the girls, the dog, and I is when they have wrestle-mania with daddy. I think he enjoys it a bit, but always gets whooped since the girls and the dog totally gang up on him. I watch, laugh, and take pictures. :)